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As the global bridge year movement gains momentum, we are proud to have been featured in the following publications as a leader in in the field.


27 Dec 2015 ‘Gap years’ offer teens service, travel — and transformation

By Sharon Noguchi For 13 years, Isabel Garcia, of Redwood City, hit the books and was poised to become the first in her immigrant family to go to college. Then instead she decided to spend a year in Brazil as an unpaid apprentice and was met with bewilderment. "You're in America, it's perfect here, why do you want to leave?" one person asked. Others thought she was dismissing her parents' sacrifices; some suggested she simply read about other countries online. Teachers at Woodside High told her not to waste her time and head...

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01 Dec 2015 Vision + Strategy

Entrepreneur and educator Abby Falik is on a crusade to make a global bridge year post-high school the norm. Story by Amalia McGibbon  //  Portraits by Jack Hutcheson What is the point of college? It’s a genuine question. With a third of American freshman dropping out before their second year, student debt on the rise, and employers complaining about the job-readiness of recent grads, this much is clear: whatever role we believe college should be playing in our society, it’s not. The universities aren’t solely to blame: higher education is a gift....

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25 Nov 2015 Abby Falik Interviewed on NPR’s Inflection Point

Inflection Point is a public radio show dedicated to telling the stories of women changing the status quo. We’re thrilled to share this week’s podcast featuring Abby Falik, Global Citizen Year's Founder/CEO. Abby talks with host Lauren Schiller about the crisis facing our outdated education system, and shines a light on a promising solution: a new pathway between high school and college.   Click Here to Listen to the Interview  ...

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21 Oct 2015 You Should Know: Abby Falik

A well-known educator and activist, Abby Falik is the founder and CEO of Global Citizen Year, which works to take the concept of a global bridge year after high school and turn it into a more commonly experienced expectation and opportunity. Occupation: Social  Entrepreneur Place of birth: Berkeley, CA Instagram/Twitter: @abbyfalik What do you actually do all day?Try to remember to breath Favorite song growing up? Sting, DMB, Counting Crows My biggest secret is… world's worst speller (used my phone to spell-check at least five words on this sheet...

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01 Oct 2015 Bridge-year program to make a bigger Jewish splash

by Patricia Corrigan , j. correspondent When Abby Falik graduated from high school in 1997, the Berkeley teen wanted “to do something in the world” — to provide some type of humanitarian service — before heading off to college. But no such program was available. Today there is, and Falik started it. Abby Falik wants a bridge year to be the “new normal.” In 2009, Falik founded Global Citizen Year, a nonprofit based in Oakland that provides “a transformational bridge year” between high school and college. Students work as apprentices at schools, health clinics...

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10 Jun 2015 Here’s How to Make a Gap Year Before College Count

Joe O'Shea is the author of Gap Year: How Delaying College Changes People in Ways the World Needs, President of the Board of the American Gap Association, and Director of Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement at Florida State University.   American students are taking gap years at record numbers. Over the next three months, many high school graduates across America will start college. Some, unprepared for the challenges of higher education or the independence it requires, will struggle without clear direction. Almost half won’t graduate within six years. As educators, we work hard...

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10 Jun 2015 A Year Off Before College Isn’t A Gap, It’s A Launching Pad

By Denise Restauri In August 2012, my daughter Ally was in India, spending the first half of her gap year at Shanti Bhavan, a boarding school for the most vulnerable children of India’s “lowest caste.” After five months at Shanti Bhavan, Ally would head off to Nepal to join (then 25-year-old) Maggie Doynewho runs a home for over 50 orphans and a school for more than 300 children. A month after I waved goodbye to Ally as she headed up the escalator to security at JFK to board her plane to India, I...

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